Wallabies superstar Marika Koroibete has been widely praised after a blockbuster performance against the Springboks on Saturday.
The wing was instrumental in Australia’s 25-17 triumph at the Adelaide Oval, scoring a try coupled with one of the best try-saving tackles in recent memory.
Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie lauded the robust speedster’s work ethic and attitude, particularly on the kick chase.
“He’s incredible and what you see on Saturdays is what you see every day at training – he is just full on,” Rennie said.
“If we kick a ball, he is at full pace chasing, he is concrete when he hits, his work ethic is phenomenal, I haven’t seen another winger like it.
“He’s not a big man but powerful and and he’s all over the park. You have a look at his numbers, they’re outrageous.”
Wallabies teammate Noah Lolesio called Koroibete a “freak” and said he was happy not to be facing up to the physical wing.
“He’s a freak,” Lolesio said.
“I’m just happy that I’m one of his teammates, not opposing him … I reckon he’s the best winger in the world.”
Koroibete grew up in Fiji before moving to Australia to play rugby league. However, it was Michael Cheika who coaxed the star to switch codes.
The wing took only three years to claim the coveted John Eales Medal and is grateful that he has the chance to give back to Australia for adopting him as one of their own.
“As a kid growing up in Fiji and come over to Australia, it’s given a lot to me and my family,” he said.
“Just to give back to the country after what it’s done for me and my family. It’s for my teammates and the coaching staff.”
Doing his job
Koroibete’s cover tackle on Makazole Mapimpi was a massive collision saving a certain try, and will be remembered for years to come. However, the Fijian-born star says he was just doing his job.
“The tackle had to be made – we got a man in the bin and I have to cover his side and make that cover (tackle),” he said.
“I was just running and I knew he wasn’t going to step he was going to go for the corner so I put my head there and hoped for the best.
“We spoke this week about effort and working for each other. The forwards do their job, ruck, mauling and those sort of things and backs we have to do our job.”
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